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The Current Music News

Join hosts Jay Gabler and Jade as they chat about current events in the music industry: how social issues are affecting the world of music, how venues are faring during the pandemic, as well as the latest trends and topics. The Current Music News is an essential watch for fans of all genres of music to stay connected to the music and to each other. Follow us on Facebook or subscribe to our YouTube channel to get the latest episodes. For an audio version of the The Current Music News, subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, or wherever else you get your podcasts.

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Music News: Nabil Ayers on Ed Eckstine, Blackout Tuesday, and hopes for change


Nabil Ayers, U.S. general manager of 4AD.

Nabil Ayers is the U.S. general manager for the record label 4AD. He's also a musician and a writer, and recently in the New York Times, he had an interview with Ed Eckstine, who was the first black person to be appointed head of a major label in the U.S. He talked about that conversation, and about all the conversations happening in the music industry around Blackout Tuesday.

Music News: Epidemiologists uneasy about concert safety for another full year


Barracuda, site of The Current Day Party during SXSW 2019

Most epidemiologists say that at this point, they won't feel comfortable attending a concert for over a year. Even as the United States start to reopen from coronavirus lockdown, the financial crisis for the concert industry is deepening, with a potentially devastating round of permanent venue closures looming.

Music News: An IPO in a pandemic? Streaming boom makes money...for investors


The catalog of Led Zeppelin on Spotify.

A planned IPO for Warner Music is evidence of a streaming-fueled rebound for the recording industry. Meanwhile, Laura Marling's livestreams suggest that rarity, rather than ubiquity, could be the key to some artists' income right now. Also today: Black Dresses break up after online harassment, steel guitarist Bucky Baxter dies, and Billie Eilish releases film slamming body-shaming.